I would agree that the ultimate authority in terms of appropriating funds should come from the Commons (other than, of course, measures to decrease
appropriations or taxation methods, which can originate from either House of the Parliament of Canada
, as supported by the ruling of the Honourable Noël Kinsella
, the Senator for Fredericton—York—Sunbury of New Brunswick
and the Speaker of the Senate
some days ago.
In terms of the report to be released by Sheila Fraser
, the Auditor General of Canada
(I note for the above member that Canada
does not, in general, hyphenate terms such as this), I would agree that the previous Government of Canada
should be condemned in relation to the management of the long-gun registry; there was a clear trend of wasted funds and unnecessary beaurocracy. However, the present Government of Canada
could take the "higher road", so to speak, and re-organize the registry so as to keep its premise in tact, while ensuring that the registry is as effective as its charge on the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Canada
I would suggest that the Right Honourable Stephen Harper
, the Member for Calgary Southwest
and the Prime Minister of Canada
, should respect the premise of the registry (as, in my opinion, the premise
of the registry is quite sound, notwithstanding whatever defficiencies the implementation of the registry may have incurred to date), and to that end, I would suggest that his Government should consider a revised
version of the registry, such as my suggestion below.
My Recommendations for a Revised Registry
Every one in Canada who owns one or more firearms shall, before and upon the purchase of such firearms, register with the appropriate institution (to be herein deemed the "Registry") that the person owns that firearm, and that the firearm does not contravene the [i]Restrictions on Firearms Ownership[/b].
) There is established a policy, to be styled the Restrictions on Firearms Ownership
, to be updated and amended, from time to time by the Governor General on address of the Senate and the Commons for Canada, to determine which firearms may and may not be owned by any one in Canada.
) A question shall be put to both the Senate and the Commons, by the Leader of the Government in the Senate and the Government House Leader, respectively, to determine whether an entry should be added to or removed from the Restrictions on Firearms Ownership
, if the Government comes into a good-faith belief that a certain type of firearm can not reasonably be owned for any purposes other than to engage in hunting.
) A firearm may be owned, even where that firearm would contravene the Restrictions on Firearms Ownership
, provided that the owner of that firearm agrees to submit their self to an inspection, from time to time, to ensure that any such "contravening firearms" are stored in a safe manner, and if they are being stored for display or collection purposes, or are owned for the purpose of sport competitions.
) No one in Canada shall be subjected to more than one (1) inspection within the span of the same twelve months.
) No one in Canada shall be subject to more than three (3) inspections within the span of the same sixty months.
) If any one, in Canada, is subjected to a total of three (3) inspections in their lifetime, then that person shall be assumed, by the Government, to be responsible in affairs relating to gun ownership, and to be no longer subject to inspections commissioned by the Government.
) An inspection may be commissioned of one's ownership of firearms, notwithstanding anything in any Section, if the Government receives the signatures of five adult citizens, with the good-faith belief that someone has stored their firearms improperly, or is using their firearms for one or more unauthorized purposes.
) Only one (1) inspection may be commissioned pursuant to Section 3(e
) within the span of three years.
Any one in Canada who owns a firearm in contravention of the Restrictions on Firearms Ownership
, and which is not exempt under Section 3, is to have that firearm contravened (but not destroyed) until such time as that person agrees to store and use that firearm in keeping with Section 3.